- DON OKEREKE, SECURITY CONSULTANT
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A law unto themselves...in Buhari's Nigeria CHANGE means KILL AND GO!
Campaign Against Alarming Trend in Torture, Jungle Justice in Nigeria
This is certainly not the best time to be a suspect, an accused or caught red-handed violating a law or committing a crime in Nigeria, especially for the less privileged. The reason is obvious: torture, jungle (mob or street) justice is spreading across the nook and cranny of Nigeria at an alarming rate. A survey by NOIPolls in 2014 says about 95 percent of Nigerians affirmed that there was a high prevalence of jungle justice and mob attacks in Nigeria. Similarly, a Deutsche Welle report titled: ‘’When the mob rules: jungle justice in Africa’’ also submits that ‘’jungle justice is rampant across sub-Saharan Africa’’. The report went further to say that, ‘’every day at least one person on the continent faces torture or even death at the hands of irate citizenry determined to be judge, jury and executioner’’. Cameroon and Nigeria are said to have the highest rate of jungle justice in Africa. While affluent Nigerians habitually circumvent justice and get away with colossal stealing, corruption, criminal offences and malfeasance by hiring retinue lawyers, hapless Nigerians are tortured, instantly hacked to death for say, stealing a bicycle, on fanatical religious sentimentalities or for simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time. My earlier essay: ‘’Extra-judicial Killings, Right To Life of Gunshot Victims in Nigeria’’ records extra-judicial killings by security agents, the current essay will dissect acts of torture and jungle justice in Nigeria mainly by private citizens.